Review: Apple AirPods

Apple has a grand history of making great-bad products. From the iconically troublesome G4 Cube to the more recent dead-in-the-water Mac Pro trashcan, they have an uncanny ability to create bad products that people must have.

Well, fear not Apple fans, they’ve managed to do it again! Amongst all their success from the iMac, iPhone and iPods, Apple have managed to engineer what may be their very best great-bad product to date; the Apple AirPods. Continue reading

Review: Beoplay H5 wireless earphones

As you’d expect from Bang & Olufsen the Beoplay H5 wireless earphones are an exquisitely designed, beautiful, minimalistic product. Each of their lightweight earbuds contains a tiny 6.4mm driver along with a 50mAh Li-ion battery that delivers a modest five hours of battery life.

Beoplay H5 earbuds connected
The Beoplay H5 earbuds magnetically connected

The earbuds come equipped with a relatively standard silicone ear tip that, like most included silicon tips, is pretty useless in creating a decent seal. Surprisingly though B&o seem to know that choosing to include a set of Comply sport tips in the box, a very welcomed addition. After the switch the earbuds fit well, as you’d expect, and while they’ll never stay in place as well as a set of headphone with over-the-ear support they managed to not fall out during a sweaty 5km run. How they fit you will of course be different to me, but with the right tips on them and the ultra light weight of the buds themselves, most people wont have a problem with them for day to day and active use. Continue reading

Review: Beats Powerbeats3

Beats by Dre’s Powerbeats3 wireless earbuds are one of only a handful available today that includes Apple’s hassle-free-connection W1 chip. Out of those it’s the only one who’s design includes around the ear support, which is a godsend for those constantly battling with earbuds that never quite fit and for more active folk running or working out at the gym.

To look at the Powerbeats3 are almost identical to that of its predecessor the Powersbeats2. There are some subtle differences in colouring and shape here and there but you’d be hard pressed to notice.

Internally though, there’s little that remains the same. New twin drivers along with a vastly improved battery life going from six to twelve hours and of course the aforementioned W1 chip go a long way to seperate the Powerbeats3 from their past.

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Review: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn (HZD) is the latest title from long time PlayStation collaborator Guerrilla Games. Known primarily for their highly successful first-person shooter series Killzone the last thing anyone expected Guerrilla to produce was an open-world RPG title. What’s surprised people even more is just how well they’ve pulled it off, creating one of the year’s most successful and well received titles that many are already heralding as “game of the year”. Continue reading

Review: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27″ Monitor

The robotically named PG279Q from ASUS’ “Republic Of Gamers” (ROG) Swift product line is by no means the newest of monitors available on the market. In fact it was released over twelve months ago in late 2015, which begs the question: why am I reviewing it now at the beginning of 2017?

Since it’s release the PG279Q has received an inordinate amount of praise. Reviewers and consumers alike consider it to be one of, if not the best, gaming monitor available today. Retailing at just under A$1200 it would want to be too and it’s for that reason I had to get my hands on one to see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading

Review: Apple MacBook Pro 2016

Nearly 20 years ago in 1998 Apple revolutionised the personal computing market forever when it released the first iMac. Not only was it the first truly all in one unit containing a bulbous CRT screen and the guts of the machine itself it was also the first to do away with the beloved floppy drive and usher us into a new era of connectivity with this funny port called “USB”.

At the time I was working for an Apple reseller in Adelaide. The easiest up-sell in the world when an iMac sold was bundling a USB floppy drive and a USB to serial adaptor for connecting your printer. The dongle age was upon us and it wasn’t even the turn of the century.

Fast forward to today and Apple, I think, are trying to do the same thing with the introduction of it’s latest (and long, long overdue) iteration of the MacBook Pro (MBP). Continue reading